Three Types of Road Trips

There are two ways to road trip in my book of road travel. There is a third way but that is not in my book yet. The first is the type of road trip where you stay at one place and that is your home base for the trip. The other is the nomad experience where you travel from point A to point B and stay the night. Then you pack up, check out and travel to point C and stay the night.  Then you do it again and again until your vacation time expires and you arrive back home. This method of travel lets you cover the most ground but leaves you at the mercy of the road. Mechanical malfunction, sudden illness or bad weather are all more challenging when you have no home base. Having a home base lends itself to a more relaxing experience. You can play things by ear rather than stick to a schedule. You don’t have to worry about covering a certain distance in order to be at your next destination by nightfall. When you do the home base vacation you can shop, sit by the lake, explore state parks, play miniature golf or whatever. It doesn’t matter because you’re on vacation and you can go back to your base camp whenever you feel like it. The third mode of road tripping is not my thing… yet. That’s where you hit the road with no plan, no motel reservation, no nothing! Just a full tank of gas and the open road! I call it Hobo mode! Maybe I’m saving the best for last but I haven’t tried it yet on a motorcycle.

6 Responses to “Three Types of Road Trips”

  1. I’ve done the “Hobo Mode” to a certain extent. A couple years ago I did a one-month ride from SoCal to Fairbanks, AK, and back. I made no reservations at motels or campgrounds. However, I knew my route, and had a general idea of where I needed to be each night. Some nights I intended to camp, and had to find some place to set up. Other nights I wanted to get a room and had to find one. Then some nights I wanted a room and couldn’t find one, and had to find someplace to pitch a tent.

  2. Glad to see you are back Steve! Looks like you went offline for about 4 months and then came back. Glad to hear you landed on your feet with a new passenger. I been there!
    I was thinking of you recently as I have been posting almost daily this month per some very old advice you gave me several years ago.

  3. I’ve done a lot of the second type of riding and would like to do a lot more of the third kind of riding.

    There’s something to be said for just riding, with no real finish line. It’s not easy to do (at least for the guy with family/job obligations) for the non-retired guys!

    But that’s why many of us dream of retirement…we can extend the road trips; more importantly, we can slow them down and see the sights.

    Good post.

  4. Thanks, I’m glad you liked it. Welcome. Please come back.

  5. i kinda over plan my long trips. i always have a back-up or 2 plan hiding in my tour pak. nothing like pulling out plan “B” in the middle of a trip to keep rolling. did the hobo thing last year coming back from the lake erie loop. worked ok but nothing like a gps pointing the way while we sightsee.

  6. Always good to have a plan B. We were once coming down the Blue Ridge Parkway and came to a section in North Carolina that was closed! Diana had a plan B and didn’t miss a beat. I’m not sure how she predicted the need for an alternate route at that phase of the trip. She rocks!

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